Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – February 21st, 2018

Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven

Gypsy Sally's Presents

Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven

Opening the Show: Definition Of One

Wed, February 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance $14/ Day of Show $14 + Fees

This event is 21 and over


Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven: Jam, Ambient, Rock

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Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven
Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven
Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green)
Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog)
Todd Stoops (RAQ)
Clay Welch

While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive “who’s-who” list of his musical brethren, including Phish’s Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, the Barr Brothers, Robert Walter and Galactic’s Stanton Moore.

The resulting double album, “Beathoven,” was released September 2016 on Royal Potato Family records.

When imagining what it would be like to tour these Beethoven masterpieces, Mathis rearranged his rearrangements a second time, this time welding Beethoven’s motifs and melodies to modern-era dance beats, with plenty of waypoints for the musicians to jump off into heavy, full-band improvisations. It’s jamtronica with Beethoven — hence, the world’s first CDM (“classical dance music”) band.

While the album’s many special guests will show up at various shows along the way, to tour the album for the next two years, Mathis assembled his very own dream team: Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog) on drums, Todd Stoops (RAQ / Kung Fu) on keyboards, Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) on percussion and laptop, and Clay Welch — a young guitar phenom who literally grew up studying Mathis as a bass player while following Mathis’ then-band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, from show to show as a fan.


"Beethoven's music, at its core, is about learning to love in a world in which hearts can break. We can know only the surface circumstances that made up Beethoven's broken heart. Rejected as a child performer, orphaned as a teen, deaf at 30 and unable to perform, a string of marriage proposals rejected, and his adopted son's suicide attempt, but the details of his life are not really the point. We all feel alike the sting of life's indifference to our wishes, of random tragedy, and ultimately of our own mortality. We are all angels surprised to find ourselves trapped inside monkeys. We’ve all seen that bad things happen to good people. So, what can be done with a cruel and unfair world? A profound, heartfelt answer to that question is what we hear in Beethoven's music, and it's why some of us return again & again to these evergreens of song. The archetypes that Beethoven articulated are in every newborn baby, in every broken heart that heals. They are in me, and they are in you. The real communication happens directly between you and him, without words, in our universal dream-language of sound.

We present here two of his nine symphonies. In the 6th, called “Pastoral,” he admits that his true religion is not Christianity, but the divinity of Nature, of skies, and trees, and rivers, and storms. In the 3rd, called “Eroica” or “Heroic,” he walks us through his suicidal anguish over his encroaching deafness, and his ultimate victorious decision to commit egocide rather than suicide.

It has been such an honor to improvise on these forms, and to chant these prayers. And it is my hope to discover new realms of joy, anger, surprise and triumph lurking in the many different universes of sound contained in each movement, as we put them on top of dance beats and bring them into the new world, in a live music setting.”
Opening the Show: Definition Of One
Opening the Show: Definition Of One
Definition of One is a Jamtronica quintet based in Springfield, VA. Founding member, James Blake harnessed a love for hip-hop, soul and electronica to create multipLe EPs and tracks, which first captured attention of local promoters in July of 2013. After opening up his very first show for Eliot Lipp, James quickly added several former bandmates from previous projects. Local guitarist, Jake Broughton, and producer/keyboardist, Daniel Griffith, to bring in a more polished and diverse touch. After undergoing several line-up changes, drummer extraordinaire Will "Prime Minister" Kerr and bass monster Erik Bennett fit right in to complete the transition from local area act to one of the regions premier Jamtronica groups. Influenced heavily by The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Papadosio, STS9, The Grateful Dead and with a unique blend of sound, their style fuses different genres of music into a mix of fixed songs, and extended jams. Improvisation maintains the key aspect that makes Definition of One’s music unique. As a diverse group of multi-talented musicians, each member has a deep sense of community and respect for all artists and walks of Life. In their short time touring, they have shared bills with established acts Like Minnesota, Reid Speed, Griz, DrFameus, Orchard Lounge, The Mantras, ELM, Zoogma, The Werks, Dopapod, Consider the Source and Tauk. They aim to creatively influence perceptive mindsets through their interpretation of music, visual arts and pure untz.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007